Thanks to James Bond, the Highlands of Scotland have made the headlines this year as they featured in the latest box office hit, Skyfall.
En route to Loch Ness, we followed in the footsteps, or should we say fast speed car chase, of Daniel Craig, taking in the scenic backdrop of Glencoe before arriving at our final destination of The Lovat – an Eco friendly Victorian house in the stunning Fort Augustus.
Last month the ‘Brighton to London Future Cars Challenge 2012’ saw low emission and electrical vehicles going head to headlight to see who would come out on top. However, daily life doesn’t involve racing from city to city in prototype green cars. So here are the best eco-friendly models, for the everyday driver, being released in the following year.
Mazda 6 ‘SkyActiv’
This is one of the most eagerly awaited hybrids of 2013. A lighter, more spacious version of the outgoing model, with all the mod cons expected of a high quality saloon or estate. With combined cycle fuel economy at 67.3mpg and costing approximately £21,000, it’s a great purchase for a hybrid this size.
Green-minded people may cringe when thinking about the heavy ecological footprint of their dairy milk habit. Milk now has more non-dairy alternatives than ever, including its quieter cousin, hemp milk.
Hemp milk has steadily become more mainstream in recent years and is now available at many regular supermarkets. The seeds of the hemp plant do not contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The drink looks and tastes similar to dairy milk but is made by blending hemp seeds and water and straining out the pulp. The result is a creamy, protein-rich beverage with a nutty flavor that tastes great on its own or mixed in coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Non-allergenic, it’s a healthy alternative for those with an intolerance for dairy, nuts, soy, or gluten.
As we bombed down the M3 (in our car-share,) bound for another year of merriment and mischief –making, expectations were high for this year’s eco festival; Boomtown Fair. But with Boomtown 2011 firmly rooted as one of my best festival experiences to date, I was quietly apprehensive as to whether the fun of the 2012 Fair would be able to rival the revelry of the previous year.
Last May Oxfam’s recycling facility was hit by a fire, wiping out heaps of clothing stored for their many festival shops. This year they are calling out for donations to ensure that shops at the likes of Latitude and Bestival can go ahead, and that you can secure some eco bargains ahead of your festival antics.